What We Have


To Wanganui & our River Region


Wanganui is where the mighty & historic Whanganui River meets unspoiled, magnificent coastline in a stunning combination of modern progressive city and proud heritage. Travel the Whanganui River, rich in history, legend & tradition on the PSS Waimarie, the only coal –fired paddle steamer in operation in NZ.


For keen skiers and trampers, Mt Ruapehu is only 1 ½ hours drive away or visits our rugged West Coast beaches just 10 minutes away. Locally Castlecliff beach or the nicer Mowhanau Beach (aka Kai Iwi Beach) or the surf highway – Taranaki


Wanganui is rich in the arts, sports and lifestyle, with heritage walks, lakes, parks, gardens, Regional Museum, Sarjeant Gallery, Bason Botanic Gardens and the Cooks Gardens Sports Complex on our doorstep.


Wanganui Backpackers is set in large grounds,west facing for the sun through the summer with access to the neighbouring Kingsgate Hotel – outdoor swimming pool.


Our fully licensed award-winning restaurant is dining experience second to none and you can relax in our informal MIXX café /bar with a big screen TV and pool table.


Whatever brings you to Wanganui, we wish you an enjoyable stay.

Should you have any special requirements during your stay, please do not hesitate in contacting Carl – and we’d love a review or shout out! on google or your travel booking site


Kind Regards


Freya McKinnon – Carl  (Partner)


A bit more information for you!

Airline Flight and Airport Information ​

Wanganui Airport is located 10km from the hotel, with Air New Zealand the main carrier into Wanganui. Palmerston North Airport is also a popular option, less than 1 hour’s drive from the hotel.

Banks ​

All the major banks are in the Central Business District, approximately 5 minutes drive away. The nearest ATM machines are at the three nearby supermarkets.

Business & Office Facilities Dial 0

A fax and photocopying service is available from reception. A small charge will apply. If you wish to receive a fax, our number is 06 345 3250.   

Car Rental

All major car rentals (Avis, Budget, Hertz, Rent a Dent) have depots located in Wanganui.  Please contact reception if assistance is required.

Check In: 1pm Check Out: 10am

There may be times where we can offer an early check in, but this will only be possible at the management’s discretion.  If you require a later check out time, please dial 0 to contact reception. There may be a late check out fee of $50.00.

Church Services Dial 0

For information regarding church service times, please contact reception.

Conference & Banqueting Facilities

We have a range of facilities available, catering from a small informal gathering to a 200-person conference.  Our professional and personalised service will assist you with all your requirements. Out catering options are also available.  

Credit Facilities

The hotel accepts all major credit cards.

Email / Internet

Internet Voucher access is included with you key for your stay

Guest Laundry

We offer laundry service 7 days a week.  A self-service laundry is located at the rear left of the grounds. The automatic washing machine is complimentary; however, the dryer requires two $2 coins to run for approximately 40 minutes. Washing powder is available at the kingsgate hotel reception for $1.00.   


Hairdryers are kept in the drawer in your room. A fee will be charged if unreturned.

Housekeeping and Maintenance

For assistance with room amenities, linen or maintenance, please phone reception.


We offer a range of packed/picnic lunches.  Please complete the form in this compendium and leave it at the reception by 8.00pm the night before.

Mixx Bar and Cafe + Restaurant

Our restaurant menu is available daily.  We have a new Restaurant menu from 14 June 2018 and also a Bistro and Bar Snacks Menu. Closing hours are at the discretion of management. TV and Music.

The Mixx Bar & Cafe is open Monday to Saturday – From 5.30pm

         Sunday – From 5.30pm.

Room Service Dial 709

A $5.00 surcharge applies. Please make your selection from the menus in the compendium.  

Room Service Breakfast is available daily.  Please leave your completed form at reception by 9pm the night before.  

Pool & Pool Area - BBQ

WE have a pool that guests are welcome to use and the surrounding areas.

There’s also a BBQ with a fee to use this